Do you know what Wreck This Journal is? Besides being a book that makes you do funny things, turns out it’s also a wonderful way to arrange some quality time with your kid.
Wreck This Journal is written by Keri Smith and it’s a tongue-in-cheek workbook which encourages you to step outside of the box, draw outside the lines and find new ways to express yourself. Since I was a kid, I’ve always loved interactive books like this! All those funny and inspiring little tasks and exercises you can do!
Interactive paper goods
Some of that magic has never vanished and I always find myself designing interactive paper goods too. It’s just way more satisfying to design something someone can actually use and add to it by their personal touch. My baby memory book Oot niin ihana is like that, my upcoming book about sorrow is going to be like that and almost all of my other products have the interactive element inside them too, in one way or another.
Because I’m so fascinated by this kind of products, I buy them quite often if something catches my eye. I bought Wreck This Journal quite a long ago but didn’t have enough time to really start filling it. When my daughter got the sequel of the same book called Mess: The Manual of Accidents and Mistakes , I knew the time had come.
Do it together
I suggested that we could fill the books together and she was so excited about the idea. We made few simple rules, one is to pick the page of the day randomly with your eyes closed and another one is to write down the date on the finished page so we can some day flip through the books and see when we actually filled it.
The whole new creative space
At first I just thought this might be fun but what I didn’t expect and was totally surprised about is how amazingly absurd things we end up doing while we’re on it. Having the books giving us orders has opened a whole new creative space for both of us and the results are amazing. Not only in the pages of the books but in the mood of us which has turned hilarious, happy, creative and relaxed even outside of doing the tasks.
For me the best part was to see how excited and flabbergasted my daughter got when she realised that she CAN make a mess for real. I’m not the strictest mom on earth on what comes to crafts, painting and so on but there are some rules I trying to stick to and making a mess for a mess itself is not something I usually approve.
Documenting the process
It was my idea to also document the whole thing in some way which has unfolded completely new level of it too. For example for the first page the task was to through a lot of something in the air and let it fall on to the page and (how convenient) to document it in some way.
We were at the office and I remembered having few confetti cannons in there and well, I think you can imagine the rest.
Yes, it was exactly as fun as it looks like!
All that confetti cumulated not only
a big mess so much fun and the photo documentation for the book but also some of the best portraits I’ve ever taken of her.
Make more mess
The next task seemed to follow a bit same theme as it was to splash something on the page that colors it. Oh well, what else would you even do with your leftover coffee I may ask. Here we go!
Mess is definitely messier one of the books, my tasks on Wreck this journal have been way more casual from drawing your hand on the page to spraying something with a smell on the another. So my expectations for my daughters book are pretty high now, I’m already looking forward for the next tasks!
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Have you done something similar with your kids (or without)?
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